Sep 2, 2012 6:30pm PDT
of michele bachmann, who is a darling of the religious right. they don't care particularly, i would assume, about her religious foibles. what they care about is the bottom line. and these religious right candidates, many of them believing in the health and wealth, name it and claim it prosperity gospel, believe that the rich are sanctified and the poor punished. >> many of those people on the right would tell you that the fall in the income of middle-class people and others has been because of obama's economic policies. >> i think they're suffering from selective amnesia. they also don't understand that george bush doubled the national debt, that the original meltdown on wall street occurred during george bush's watch, and by the time obama became president in 2009, we were already well into the recession. now i don't defend him in every way. i don't say that everything he's done is right by any means. i have all kinds of issues with him on the health care legislation. for instance, his willingness to play ball with pharma made the bill cost a lot more than it need. >> the pharmaceutical i
Sep 2, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. >> there is still michele bachmann. there is still new to gingrich. -- newt gingrich. they're still rand paul. there is a body of far-right conservatives who say they have experience. >> we should not write off romney. if elected, i think he will make a very tough executive. if it is possible to use a party at all -- to move a party at all to the center, he will try to do that. >> finally, could we not have had just one humorous anecdote about mitt romney? >> there were no anecdotes. she said he is a funny guy. how many times did you hear that richard nixon is funny? >> tell me what is funnier than putting a dog on the roof of a car and driving to your vacation. >> i hope the humane society heard that one. >> you heard it here. >> one of the few unforced errors. >> going a good mark and charles the last word. we will see you next week -- going to give mark and charles the last word. we will see you next week. >> for a transcript of this broadcast, log onto insidewashington.tv.inside washs brought to you in part by the american federation of government employees -- proud to make america work.
Sep 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
, if you go back to pampa, i saw gingrich on stage, i saw santorum on stage. i saw michele bachmann and herman cain. >> yeah. this was, if anything, tampa was a celebration of republican unity but joe is right that for every convention when you have a challenger who has gone through a primary you do have to go through this process. let's not forget in 2008 at the democratic convention 40% of democrats still wanted hillary clinton to be their nominee. >> that's right. >> that was significant division. and obviously it didn't really hurt barack obama all that much. bill: to both of you in the 30 seconds left, todd, does this make a difference and how much of a difference united versus divided or division or unity however you want to define it, how does that play out in '64 days? >> it would make a significant difference if it were true but it is not true. the fact is republicans are overwhelmingly united behind mitt romney. democrats are overwhelmingly united behind barack obama. bill: joe, give you the last word. >> whatever divisions there are they will be unified by the republican